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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Hotel Madrid Prado Business Class Room

by on October 22, 2013 · 5 comments

in Carlson, Hotel Reviews

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After staying at properties in ReykjavikCopenhagen, and Paris, I decided to check out one of Club Carlson’s properties in Madrid – the Radisson Blu Prado – during my recent trip to the city. I was there on a rather expensive week where room rates were north of $400 a night, but thanks to last year’s Radisson Big Night Giveaway, which earned me 50,000 points, and my new Club Carlson Premier Rewards Visa, which comes with a sign-up bonus of 85,000 points when you spend $2,500 within 90 days of account opening, I had plenty of points to use.

View from my guest room.

View from my guest room.

However, one of the great perks of the Club Carlson credit cards is its “bonus award night” benefit where, on award stays of two nights or more, you get the last night free, which equates to a 50% discount on two-night stays. So although the hotel didn’t have any Standard awards available for the dates I wanted, which would have been 50,000 points per night since this is a Category 6 hotel, there was a “Business Class” room available for 75,000 points per night.

Two nights at the Radisson Blu Hotel Madrid Prado cost me 75,000 points.

Two nights at the Radisson Blu Hotel Madrid Prado cost me 75,000 points.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have paid 75,000 points per night, but since I was booking a two-night stay and am a Club Carlson visa cardholder, each night redemption was just half-price at 37,500 points, a much better deal and one I was willing to redeem for since these rooms were going for 330 EUR, or $430, each night (I had booked at the last minute), giving me a per-point value of about 1.1 cents apiece, which is good for Club Carlson points (you can buy them at the equivalent of 0.7 cents apiece). The discount occurred automatically since my card is registered to my account.

My king guest room.

My king guest room.

I got some more value out of my redemption as well since breakfast was included with the Business Class room rate. The hotel is in an old building and there are just 54 rooms and 6 suites (this is one of the brand’s boutique European properties) so the rooms aren’t as spacious as at some other Radisson Blu’s, and this one was only about 270 square feet – decent by European standards, but by no means large.

Still, I liked it overall, especially the balcony overlooking the street. The rooms were designed by Spanish interior designers, Sandra Tarruella and Isabel Lopez, and feature black and white photographic prints, a cool white-purple color palette and slate bathrooms. As with all Radisson Blu properties, WiFi was complimentary, and there was a flatscreen TV and a small work space.

Bathroom.

Spacious  bathroom.

I also liked the really clean, minimalist bathroom, which had a decent freestanding shower with a rainfall showerhead and was stocked with Anne Sémonin products (another Radisson Blu standard). It was one of those bathrooms where the shower is not completely glassed in, so the floor gets all wet, but that was my only quibble.

The "Super Breakfast Buffet."

The “Super Breakfast Buffet.”

An added perk for Business Class guests was complimentary fax and photocopy services, and access to the “Super Breakfast Buffet,” which was not at all super. As you can see, it featured a bunch of cold cuts, but no hot items, so I wouldn’t have paid extra for it if it wasn’t included in the room rate.

Other hotel dining options included The Cask Restaurant which serves typical Spanish tapas, and there was also The Cask Bar. With so many great restaurants in Madrid, though, I didn’t eat at either. Other hotel amenities include a full-service gym as well as a small pool, which is basically just a hot tub.

Overall, though there were some disappointing aspects like the room size and breakfast buffet, I still thought this was a decent hotel choice and a good use of my Club Carlson points given the expensive room rates and its ideal location in one of my favorite parts of town right near the Prado, so I’d stay here again, though I do prefer the Westin Palace.

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  • Maury

    I will be staying at this same hotel in April 2014 for two nights in a standard room using points for 50k.

  • Donn

    We stayed there in April 2013 in the same type room. Enjoyed the location as it was an easy walk to museums and restaurants. The breakfast we were offered with the business room was a full buffet . Thought the rooms were small also but we were gone most of the time so not an issue . We also enjoyed having a afternoon drink in the restaurant outside in front of hotel.

  • thepointsguy

    Good location and clean/modern rooms- good enough for me!

  • sha457

    we stayed at the Radison Blu on Mexico in Paris for a one night stay and I would not recommend. They originally had us down for twin beds, but somehow that got changed with a busy weekend. No other rooms available. When we got to the room there was no ‘skirt’ on the box spring and you could see how badly beat-up the legs of the bed were. Additionally the floor had not been well cleaned or dusted and the bottom of my black socks were very white with dust. They did offer two free drinks at the bar which i thought was nice but not nice enough to make up for the mess up on the room. Otherwise it was nice, the bathroom was nice and the view of Etower was gorgeous. They offered separate duvet so we could sleep. We were up most of the night anyway touring Paris and seeing the beautiful lights. This was our first Club Carlson stay on points. When we returned to USA I emailed Club Carlson with my complaint and the refunded my points to my account. Sadly it is becoming the norm to assume that if you are two men or two women staying in the same room you must be a “couple”and gay. I was not amused.

  • MJ

    I would like to update on this that the breakfast has improved a LOT. It was a proper hotel breakfast buffet at the restaurant on the first floor, with bacon/eggs cooked to order. I think now the business class upgrade is a no-brainer for extra 12.5K points / night.

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